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Apr 09 2020
COVID-19Safety and Health  

CDC guidance on face coverings raises questions for employers

On April 3, 2020, the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), issued guidance advising all individuals to wear face coverings in public settings where social distancing is difficult to maintain, to slow the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus). While the guidance is directed at individuals, it would also apply…

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Apr 03 2020
COVID-19  

OREGON: BOLI clarifies temporary max hours for manufacturers

Earlier this week, we reported on a temporary rule that the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI) adopted, permitting manufacturers of essential products to allow employees to work up to 91 hours in a workweek (13 hours per day times 7 days per week). BOLI adopted the rule to…

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Mar 31 2020
COVID-19  

ARIZONA: Governor Doucey issues stay-at-home order

Arizona joined numerous states around the country yesterday when Governor Doug Doucey issued his “Stay Home, Stay Healthy, Stay Connected” order, requiring individuals to stay home except to engage in limited activities deemed essential. The order was issued on March 30, 2020, and takes effect at 5:00 p.m. on March 31, 2020…

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Mar 31 2020
COVID-19Wage and Hour  

OREGON: Some manufacturers may exceed maximum weekly hours

The Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI) filed a temporary rule that permits manufacturers of certain non-perishable goods to allow employees to voluntarily work up to 91 hours in a workweek. This temporary rule is being adopted as an emergency response to the critical demand for certain non-perishable products…

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Mar 27 2020
COVID-19  

MONTANA: Governor Bullock issues stay-at-home order

Governor Steve Bullock has joined a number of other states in issuing an order that requires individuals to stay home due to COVID-19 (coronavirus), unless engaging in certain activities deemed essential. Under Governor Bullock’s order, all businesses in Montana must close, except those that are engaged in “Essential Businesses and Operations,” which includes a…

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Mar 27 2020
COVID-19Safety and Health  

New Social Distancing Policy available

Vigilant has developed a new Social Distancing Policy to help employers comply with orders that have been issued by various state governors in the past week, requiring implementation of social distancing measures at work to reduce the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus). In particular, Oregon employers are required to “establish, implement, and…

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Mar 24 2020
COVID-19  

Governments issue “shelter-in-place” orders

The states of California, Oregon, and Washington, along with several individual counties and cities, have issued “shelter-in-place” orders in the past few days to combat the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus). While each of these orders is slightly different, the general purpose is the same: a governmental authority is implementing an order to…

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Mar 24 2020
COVID-19Hiring  

Remote inspection of Form I-9 allowed during COVID-19 emergency

The federal Department of Homeland Security has relaxed the standard regarding the need to physically inspect a new employee’s employment eligibility documents when filling out Form I-9, if the employer is unable to do so during the COVID-19 (coronavirus) national emergency (U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Press Release, March 20,…

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Mar 19 2020
COVID-19Employee BenefitsHarassment & DiscriminationLeave LawsWage and Hour  

ALERT: New federal law provides paid leave for COVID-19 absences

Alert: New federal law provides paid leave for COVID-19 absences President Trump has signed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, an economic stimulus package that offers employees certain emergency protections for absences related to the coronavirus (COVID-19). This new law will have a major impact on employers throughout 2020, as it…

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Mar 16 2020
COVID-19DisabilityLeave LawsSafety and Health  

Alert: Coronavirus pandemic raises numerous workplace questions

The United States has been hard hit by coronavirus in the past week and Vigilant has received a variety of questions from members about this evolving situation. We previously reported on how to handle situations with employees who seek to return to the workplace after traveling to areas affected by…

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